October 30, 2019
Scar Therapy Massage
Since the birth of my two children my passion for pregnancy and postnatal therapies has grown. It became quite apparent that the postnatal care provided to women was minimal, the main focus being to achieve a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, and the healing needs of the new mum may be overlooked.
Around 1 in 4 pregnant women in the UK has a caesarian birth, without addressing the resulting scar with soft tissue techniques, dysfunction can occur. Scar tissue can bind to local organs and tissues, causing that pulling feeling that some women can experience around the site of the scar. It can also result in scar pain, back pain, pelvic organ dysfunction, poor sensation/numbness around the scar and a feeling of restriction as the wound heals and soft tissues are drawn in, affecting the body as a whole. This is also the case for hysterectomy and any abdominal surgery.
Scar therapy is a treatment that combines massage and soft tissue release techniques to correct your breathing pattern and break down the adhesions that build up around your scar. This is so important to allow your body to move freely, without restriction and to help you to reconnect with your core and heal post birth.
It doesn’t matter if you had your baby 6 weeks or 20 years ago, it is never too late to make change, to improve the changes that occurred to your body during pregnancy, after birth or abdominal surgery.
If you would like to book an appointment or find out further information please contact the clinic.
Naomi Qualters-Fry BSc Hons, ISRM
Clinical sports massage therapist,
Pregnancy & postnatal soft tissue therapist
Scar massage therapist
For more information on Naomi follow this LINK
October 15, 2019
Stress Awareness Week
Stress is something that affects us all and on a daily basis and it is ok, it is just the way our brain looks after us, as in helping us to stay away from perceived danger. Stress is an instinctive mechanism that we can’t actually live with out however, that being said, we absolutely CAN manage it.
We teach ourselves to be stressed by not managing our symptoms and so that feeling becomes the normality, so if we can learn to be stressed, we can learn to be relaxed.
The best place to start is to avoid this “S” word and instead use words like “CALM” & “RELAXED”. Close your eyes and control your breathing, then say to yourself, “I am calm, I am relaxed” and repeat 3-5 times.
Being more relaxed will improve your sleep, your digestive system and even your weight, there are so many benefits to being much more calmer as a person and the aforementioned is just the tip of the iceburg.
If you are suffering from stress or anger issues and finding it hard to control then Hypnotherapy can help you.
I offer a Free Initial Consultation where we can discuss your goals in confidence.
Stress awareness week is between the 4th and 8th November – if you are struggling with stress don’t wait till then to contact me – call me TODAY.
October 8, 2019
Shiatsu for Stress and Mental Health issues
Stress, anxiety and depression are endemic problems in our hectic modern-day society. During my 16 years of clinical experience as a shiatsu practitioner, I have found that most of my client’s issues are rooted in emotional issues, which then manifest as physical symptoms. I worked at HM Treasury for 5 years, doing shiatsu on staff, and nearly every person I treated there was on anti-depressants and suffering from chronic long -term stress. I am seeing a similar pattern with NHS staff I work on at a local hospital.
Western science tends to view the body and mind as separate realms, whereas oriental medicine takes a more holistic view and sees the bodymind connection as inseparable. Our mind and emotions are embodied in our physical existence and our memories and personal histories are also stored in our bodies. As such, shiatsu and other types of bodywork can be very powerful and helpful in treating mental health problems.
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese healing art that uses the power of touch to help balance a person’s energy and ease physical and emotional symptoms. Shiatsu is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture, but instead of using needles, the shiatsu practitioner uses hands and fingers to stimulate acupressure points. Shiatsu induces a state of deep relaxation in the receiver and regular treatments combat the build up of stress and improve general wellbeing.
So, how can shiatsu help you if you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression ?
Regular shiatsu sessions can:
- Help to reduce levels of stress hormone cortisol.
- Lower blood pressure and heart rate.
- Increase serotonin and oxytocin levels – Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in stabilizing your mood and promoting sleep. Oxytocin has anti-anxiety effects and promotes feelings of relaxation and psychological stability.
- Improve the circulation of the blood, helping to oxygenate body tissue and remove cortisol and waste chemicals.
In addition, each organ and associated meridian in Chinese medicine has a corresponding emotion. For example, the lung and large intestine meridians are associated with grief, the heart meridian with joy, the liver with anger, the kidneys with fear and the stomach with worry. Working on the body using these meridians has a profound effect on the mind and emotions as well as the physical body.
Shiatsu is unique in combining deep nourishing physical touch, with subtle energy work (through acupressure points and meridians) and through this combination, balance is restored to body and mind.
After a few shiatsu sessions, you should feel more relaxed, sleep better, be able to focus better and find it easier to make decisions.
You can book a shiatsu session with Fiona Carson, our highly experienced shiatsu practitioner who works from Theale Wellbeing Centre on Fridays. For further info on shiatsu or to discuss your requirements, please contact her.
or call the clinic reception on 0188 930 3535
October 4, 2019
World Mental Health Day 2019 and Biodynamic Massage
World Mental Health Day began to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those living with mental illness, and to educate us in looking after our own mental health to stay well. We are making great strides as a society to overcome the stigma attached to having a mental illness, and people’s understanding of what is needed to support our well-being is on the up.
Mental health is no different to physical health in terms of having strategies for preventing illness developing, or early intervention if symptoms start to emerge. We know, for instance, that living a healthier lifestyle enables our bodies to fight off infections more easily and can prevent certain physical illnesses occurring. The same is true for our mental health.
It’s important to remember that mental health is not just the absence of a diagnosed mental illness, and that if we aim at keeping good mental health can help prevent illnesses occurring. In the same way that having a strong immune system helps us to fight off infection, building strong mental resilience helps us when our mental health comes under pressure.
What might we experience if our mental health is declining?
There are many physical and psychological symptoms that a person might experience if their mental health is deteriorating, including:
- Lower energy levels
- Feeling overwhelmed by everyday activities
- Feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with life
- Upset digestive system
- Anxiety and agitation
How can Biodynamic Massage help?
One of the keyways of developing resilience is getting to truly know yourself; your likes, your dislikes; what sparks your fire and what leaves you cold. We assume we know ourselves well; after all, we’ve been with us from day one! But sometimes, even when life appears to be moving along steadily, you find yourself experiencing one or two of these symptoms and can’t put your finger on why.
Biodynamic Massage addresses both the body and the mind. It provides a non-demanding, nurturing space to explore what might be happening to unsettle the balance in your mental, or physical, health.
This therapy puts no expectations on the body, instead it is an invitation to increase your understanding of what your body is communicating through your symptoms, supporting it to gradually re-establish the normal self-regulation and natural healing capacity we all possess. It encourages curiosity towards symptoms rather than judgement of.
By using a combination of techniques, this therapy meets the emotional and physical needs of each individual. Depending on which techniques are used in a session, some people will experience biodynamic massage as extremely gentle and calming, another as energising and enlivening.
Benefits of Biodynamic Massage include:
- More emotionally balanced, enabling us to better manage stressors
- A sense of being more attuned with our bodies and its needs
- Relief from chronic symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, tension
- Increased energy and zest for life
Call me if you need help with any of the issues mentioned in this blog.
October 2, 2019
World Mental Health Day – LETS BE POSITIVE!
The 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Here are some tips about true positive thinking.
You can find many posts on social media about “POSITIVE THINKING” & “POSITIVITY” however, did you know that many of them are actually written in a negative way?
The brain only understands positives and will filter out a negative word!
Allow me to explain…
You may see something like this written in a post;
“You are not a failure!”
Now while it has positive intent, your brain will in fact take out the negative (“not”) and so your mind hears “you are a failure”. What would be better is if we say,
“You are a success!”
Learn to change your internal dialog to positives only, even if you feel it’s untrue, keep saying it to yourself!
I believe that we are all successful!
Do this for yourself and notice what changes you begin to experience and help to improve your mental health.
If you are struggling with your mental health, then do not hesitate to contact me, my door is always open and I would love to help you.
September 30, 2019
What is Lymphoedema?
According to the NHS Choices website – “Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs.” It goes on to say
There are two types of this condition – primary and secondary lymphoedema – which have different causes.
The main causes of each type are outlined below.
Primary lymphoedema is caused by alterations (mutations) in genes responsible for the development of the lymphatic system. The “faulty” genes cause the parts of the lymphatic system responsible for draining fluid to not develop properly or not work as they should. Primary lymphoedema often runs in families, although not every child born to someone with the condition will develop it themselves.
Secondary lymphoedema – develops in people who previously had a normal lymphatic system that then becomes damaged. It can have a number of different causes. For more information via the NHS site follow this link. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Lymphoedema/pages/causes.aspx
Our therapist, Yulia, is trained in diagnosis and treatment of Lymphoedema using the Földi* method of complete decongestive physiotherapy.
- Intensive compression bandaging to self-management compression hosiery.
- Post trauma or post-operative patient’s management in reducing post-operative swelling, and scar management.
Conditions we Treat
Specific conditions we treat include:-
- Pregnancy related fluid retention relief
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency lipoedema ( the inner lining of the veins and/or the valves located within the larger veins are not working sufficiently, causing venous blood to collect or “pool” in the veins – this causes swelling and restricts blood transporting back to the heart )
We work with NHS approved suppliers who supply all bandaging materials and compression hosiery under prescription.
*The therapy is based on the Földi method of complete decongestive physiotherapy more information is available here .
What to do next
If you would like to discuss your condition and the best treatment for the relief of symptoms then contacts us and we can set up an appointment with Yulia – call 0118 930 3535 or email .
September 18, 2019
Stoptober is approaching ever so fast and I would love to help you to stop smoking.
FREE Initial Consultation for you.
There are 3 areas that MUST be addressed to successfully stop smoking;
- Nicotine addiction
- Psychological addiction
- Obsessive behaviours
This means that if you use anything with nicotine (Vaping, patches, gum etc.) you are still topping up the addictive substance and are less likely to stop smoking completely, smoking isn’t just about taking smoke into the lungs, it is about patterns and behaviours around smoking.
Even if you are using a Vape/E-cigarette without nicotine you are still feeding the psychological habit and it is dictating that you haven’t stopped smoking and therefore is predicting what will happen in the future. If you are really finding it hard to quit and are 100% dedicated to putting those cigarettes down for good, then Email me today.
- Save money (around £3000 a year)
- Become healthier
- Breathe easier
- Improve fertility
- Increase sexual performance (I know right, its true)
- Have younger looking skin
- Have whiter teeth
- Have a longer Life
- Smell better
- Have less stress
- Have more energy
- Have healthier loved ones
(Your children are less likely to smoke if you don’t)
A combination of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and a touch of my magic process, you can become smoke FREE and have clean fresh air in your lungs once again.
I will be there to support you, give your coping techniques and plenty of tips and include a stop smoking MP3 hypnosis audio.
I offer a Free Initial Consultation, so, If you would like to be healthier person and to finally give up the “fags” then please do get in touch and I will send you my practice leaflet to help you stop smoking for good!
Call Me – I CAN help.
August 21, 2019
What is Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome ?
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) is a chronic condition potentially affecting a number of structures around the hip. It is characterised by pain and tenderness over the outside of the buttock and thigh. The pain usually arises from a tendinopathy (tendon injury) in the gluteal muscles. Previously it was thought that the pain was caused by inflammation of a bursa; known as trochanteric bursitis (a bursa is a fluid filled sac which reduces friction between bone and soft tissue). However, recent studies have shown that injury to the gluteal tendons is often the cause of pain.1,2
Who does Great Trochanteric Pain Syndrom Effect?
GTPS has been reported to affect between 10 and 25% of the population with a greater prevalence amongst women.
What causes GTPS?
There are a number of possible causes for GTPS, these include:
- Trauma e.g. a fall onto the hip or contact sports
- Overuse of the muscles e.g. repetitive movements such as running/walking
- Standing with weight on one leg for long periods
- Ongoing lower back pain
How does it manifest itself?
GTPS tends to come on quite gradually and usually manifests itself as pain over the lateral part of the hip. Over time the symptoms can build up to the point where it becomes painful to walk, run or climb stairs. It can also interfere with sleep as it may become uncomfortable to lie on the affected side.
How is GTPS diagnosed?
GTPS is normally diagnosed by your osteopath or physiotherapist in the clinic but, on rare occasions, MRI or ultrasound scans may be required.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment of GTPS is aimed at reducing/eliminating the pain and restoring full function. Treatment options include ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises. Your therapist can advise on the appropriate course of action. If symptoms persist despite conservative treatment it is possible to alleviate the pain by using steroid injections, surgery or Shockwave Therapy.
Shockwave Therapy has been shown to be more effective in the long-term than steroid injections with a 74% success rate for Shockwave Therapy fifteen months after treatment as opposed to 48% for steroid injections.3 Shockwave Therapy involves delivering acoustic shockwaves to the injured tissues to provide rapid pain relief and stimulate a healing reaction. Most patients require between 3 and 6 treatments over a 12 week period alongside a bespoke exercise programme to experience a significant improvement in their symptoms although pain relief can occur almost immediately after the first session.
1 Klauser AS, Martinoli C, Tagliafico A, et al (2013). Greater trochanteric pain syndrome. Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology, 17(1).
2 Reid, Diane. The Management of Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Orthopaedics 13.1 (2016): 15–28. PMC. Web. 20 Mar. 2018.
3 Rompe JD, Segal NA, Cacchio A, Furia JP, Morral A, Maffulli N. Home training, local corticosteroid injection, or radial shock wave therapy or greater trochanter pain syndrome. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Oct;37(10):1981-90. doi: 10.1177/0363546509334374. Epub 2009 May 13.
August 14, 2019
Blisters – causes, prevention and treatment
What causes blisters?
Blisters are caused by shearing stress of the skin and can be painful or even dangerous so should not be ignored.
How to prevent them
If you know you are prone to blistering in a certain area of your foot you should at least tape the area to help reduce shearing forces and prevent blistering before it starts.
What to look for
A sign that a blister is about to form is sometimes referred to as a ‘hot spot’ and immediate action should be taken to prevent it developing into a blister. Strategies that offload the painful area will help prevent any deterioration and include felt ‘donut pads’, gel toe caps and even offloading materials added to your trainers.
Don’t pop a blister
When a blister has already formed “popping” should be avoided as once the seal is broken bacteria can get in and cause infection. Even if the blister has “popped” the roof should be left in place. Ideally the area should be cleaned with antiseptic and a sterile dressing applied with offloading and taped in place.
Where the roof of the blister has come away hydrocolloid dressings such as Compeed should be used.
Signs of infection and what to do if you spot them
Always look out for signs of infection i.e. increased pain, Redness, heat (local to blister or spreading) and swelling. If you have some or all of these see a healthcare professional for advice.
If you have any concerns about your feet contact us on 0118 930 3535 to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists.